“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”” Luke 6:38………… I may be wrong, but I’m guessing the number 246 doesn’t mean anything to you, or much anyway. But 246 was a very important number to a couple from China visiting America who were staying in the hotel where the Lord has sent me as the first stop out on the road for ministry. The hotel where time and again busloads of people from China have stayed as they tour the Washington, DC, area. Where time and again, I have found people from China like this couple in somewhat of…

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23 [the KJV version has “good” in italics as the word may not have been in the original Hebrew text] Someone needed help. I already had plans. But the person’s need was urgent. The Lord had a different plan than I did. I changed plans. I helped the person in need. I take no credit. I take no glory. All the glory belongs to the Lord. I am nothing more than His vessel madly and passionately in love with Him, ever desirous to show Him my love and faith in service to Him and to others. Day after day, it happens. Someone in need. Time and again. I have devoted 24-7 to…

“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”” John 14:21………… “I am prouder of you than you can possibly imagine,” the Spirit of God spoke to me one day. “I see your love for me in your obedience,” He said. Only the Lord most high knows the unfathomable degree I have desired to hear those very words on this very earth – most especially from my earthly father. But the reality is my earthly father whom I have loved beyond measure in 50 years of life has not only never spoken those words to me to my recollection, though I found out through…

“So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.…

“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Phil. 3:8 When the Lord told me to let something go, it didn’t surprise me.  What surprised me was all His Spirit told and showed me after an incredibly fiery trial and a long season of what felt like incessant crying out to Him for help. He showed me what He wanted me to let go was something I never should have taken in the first place and that I had done so because of the sin of FEAR. What He wanted me to let go I had assumed was and…

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13……………………. One day a beloved friend whom the Lord has blessed with an enormous generous and giving heart decided to help me with something. She had the best of intentions, I am quite sure. She jumped in head first to help with something I had shared with her I was considering needing and asking for help with, but I had needed to seek the Lord first before proceeding with what had been on my heart. It turned out what I had been contemplating did not fit at all with what the Lord’s will for me turned out to be, but my friend unbeknownst to…

“and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15………… I am blessed on a fairly regular basis through the years and especially in recent ones to hear loving, lovely, and encouraging feedback on my writing. Regardless of the words people use, whether “beautiful”, “powerful”, “well-written”, “good writing”, or any other kind and gracious descriptions, the comments have come over and again when it comes to feedback from friends, family, and strangers alike about what I write. I am thrilled and ecstatic and rejoice in this for ONE SINGLE REASON, and in this ONE SINGLE REASON is a mighty powerful and critical lesson for each and every single one of us. The…

“When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him…” Matthew 8:1…………….. If you’re anything like I am, perhaps you hurry through the beginning words of a sentence, or a paragraph, a chapter, or a book, figuring the details, description, and introduction aren’t as important, and exciting, as the “meat” of the story or the “meat” of the news. So you rush on to get to the point. To the gist of it all. Oh, how much I have missed in life doing this. Most especially, how much I have missed in the Bible when I rush through God’s Word. Take, for instance, the scripture above. If you read the verse in context, the beginning of the chapter is not about Jesus leaving behind the mountain, nor is…

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22………………. If you wonder what someone who dedicates her life utterly to loving and worshiping God and helping people to find and forever follow the Lord Jesus Christ, who tends to be serious much if not most of the time to say the least, given my heart’s cry to see people give their lives wholeheartedly to Christ each and every day and forever, is doing writing a devotional message about Fruit Loops cereal, please hear me out. I don’t eat most of the breakfast food offered at the hotel where I am currently staying, but enjoy since breakfast is included in the price of a room taking a few little goodies instead of for myself…

“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight—…” Psalm 51:1-4…………………….. “Repeat these words after me,” they essentially used to tell me. “I renounce this. I rebuke this. I cast out this. Forgive me for this.” And on and on. Then more. “Now say this. I renounce this and that, this and the other, and that over there,” they effectively would tell me. “And Father forgive me for such and such, and this also.” I would repeat the…

“Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” Hebrews 13:2……………… Very early morning. It’s all relative. Not so early for me. But to the rest of the world pretty early. Still dark. Mostly anyway. Not quite sunrise. The lights outside the hotel cast enough illumination the parking lot wasn’t pitch black. It was light enough I had already taken my rigorous morning prayer-praise-singing-to-God-seeking-God walk with English coonhound Esther-Rejoice who was still in need of a loving home after being returned to me while out on the road full-time now for ministry. I was just about to pop back outside the hotel exit door for a quick visit to the grassy area with 13-year-old dancing beagle dog Dancer when I…

“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11………………… “I will speak when I speak,” the Spirit of God told me one day. The afternoon was especially quiet, a rare blessing for which I was unbelievably thankful. I could hear nothing more than the usual whir of the industrial fan I use 24-7 – and the Lord’s voice speaking to my heart. Why would God speak this to me? Because I had been seeking Him for an uncomfortably long period of time on a certain matter, and though at times I felt I had heard little bits and pieces from Him and even a possible answer here and there, I had no 100% clarity on His will, His timing for His will, and how to proceed.…

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8……………………. Is it not true any good sportsman knows just as it’s exceedingly important to have a strategy, or game plan, to win, it’s also extremely important to have a really strong defensive plan to prevent the opponent from making advances, or headway, and ultimately winning? And is it not true it’s enormously helpful to know in advance what tactics the opponent might use to win? So what about when it comes to the biggest, and greatest, and most significant, most dangerous and potentially deadly opponent in the universe, the devil? Is it not exceedingly important to have a strategy to win, and extremely important to have a…

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”” John 13:34…………………. We are commanded by the Lord to love Him with all our hearts and to love one another, but I am afraid when it comes to loving others that some of us if not all of us may not be making this love issue big enough and at the same time may not be making this love issue small enough. How so? Undoubtedly some of us are not taking seriously enough the command to love one another, and perhaps not emphasizing enough in our thoughts, words, and actions that this is an unconditional Christ-like love to which God calls us in loving one another, thereby…

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29……………….. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 One of my Dad’s “affectionate” nicknames for me as a young person was this. “The mouth.” It may not have been the most affectionate nickname, though it was ordinarily spoken in jest, but it was undoubtedly and entirely accurate. I had gone from being a totally shy little girl to having far too much to say, and it wasn’t always so very…

““So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?” Luke 11:9-13……………… A beloved brother in the Lord shared a story with me one day about how the Lord transformed his marriage in a most wonderful way. Essentially the Spirit of the Lord took Him aside, sat him down in a room in his house, and began to speak to…

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35………….. I had heard the scripture above about Jesus’ disciples being recognized, standing out, being obvious, to others by their love for one another literally for years before I saw something I had never seen before. Clearly the Spirit of God had tugged on my heartstrings and showed me something I desperately needed to see. And with all my heart I believe the message wasn’t just for me. I believe it’s for every single one of us who calls himself or herself a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.…

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1…………………. Early morning. Very. Very early. Super cold day. Again. Day after day of it. Of freezing cold. This day warmer, if you count in the 20s warmer. It’s all relative, isn’t it? I had spontaneously, impulsively, as is often my way, and is often the way the Lord continually introduces me to new people in my streets ministry work, jumped in the car and headed out. It was so early I didn’t know if the grocery store would be open. But I was craving fresh fruit. Big-time. And figured I could grab a few other items, as well. All blessings from the Lord. His bounty of provision. Even on a very low budget, to be…

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27…………………. I was talking with the Lord one day as I was in the thick of a fiery trial about the possibility of going back to where I had come from. What stood out to me most of all is that I would be comfortable there, if I went back, at least on the surface anyway. Why? It was familiar territory. Familiar people. Familiar everything. There’s something comfortable about the familiar, even when the familiar isn’t perfect, even when the familiar is hard, don’t you think? This is what I said to the Lord. “But it’s comfortable there,” I told the Lord. “That’s exactly what the enemy is going to use to try to get you…

““But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”” Luke 6:46………………. I most assuredly at my ripe old age with my definitely fallible memory do not recall the details of the childhood game called “Simon Says,” but what I do remember is that when Simon gives instructions, the instructions are to be heard and followed. Simon is in charge, and when Simon says something, the participants in the game are to listen and take action. They are not to pick and choose which of Simon’s instructions they would like to follow and obey, which ones make them comfortable, which ones they’re in the mood to heed, which ones give them pleasure, which ones they feel they have the time to take to obey,…

“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14…………………… Why does God set us free through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Why does He bestow upon us blessed liberty? Why does He gives us freedom through Christ? Is it so we can lay our heads back on our recliner chairs, kick up our feet on our ottomans, and rest, relax, and rejoice in ease and luxury and self-pleasure for the rest of our lives? By no means! God sets us free so we can receive and experience and enjoy His fellowship and…

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12…………………… “Your motives are wrong,” the Spirit of God essentially told me one morning. Ouch. How could I argue? He was totally right. He always is. He is God. He is Lord. I had been writing someone I knew and was reviewing what I had written. In my estimate there was nothing wrong with what I had written. But though anyone reading my draft correspondence might have considered it perfectly fine, the Spirit of God showed me it was not. But why? The Spirit of God shined His…

“Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2………………. If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, are you in the right position to be used by God to bring glory to His name? To serve Him by helping to build His Kingdom of followers? The Holy Spirit placed on my heart 12 ways in which it’s important we who follow Jesus are in the right position when it comes to service to God. POSITION IN OUR HEARTS. Is Christ above all else in our hearts & lives? POSITION OF FAITH & FAITHFULNESS. Is our FAITH in Christ as LORD and SAVIOR, and are we FAITHFUL in our commitment and devotion to Christ as LORD? POSITION OF LOVE. Are we consciously committedly daily loving…

“Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” Psalm 100:3……………………… “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall…

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 I don’t know about you, but I’m a doer. If something needs to be done, I feel it should get done. If something needs to be figured out, it should be figured out. If an answer is needed, the answer should be found. If something needs to be fixed, it should be fixed. If there is a need, the need should be met. I’m a 100% Jewish Christ follower, and the Jewish people are known for being high achievers. My beloved Mom wouldn’t let my brother and I leave the dinner table each night until the separate To-Do lists she had for each family member had…

““And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35………….. Little gifts are little gifts, aren’t they, but they’re not necessarily as very little as they seem when orchestrated by the Spirit of God and involve the sacrifice of one of His children and are given in Christ’s name in Christ’s love for the glory of the Lord. Little did a sweet beloved friend of mine know when the Spirit of God told her to drop off two “anonymous” gift-wrapped bottles of coconut-scented lotion and shower gel what He had in store. In her mind, the gift had not been intended for me, but He had called her to sacrifice the gift for me. She didn’t understand nor…

“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.” Psalm 14:1-3……….. “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9…………. “and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. 5:15…………….. I know…

“And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”…He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he…

“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:11-13………… Some people are so filled with the Spirit of God, have so filled themselves with the Word of God in their own personal study and time with Him and by preaching of His Word, and are so totally devoted to Christ above all and anyone else that Christ’s love and the…

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14……….. “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Eph. 4:29……….. “Thank you for your words of encouragement,” a dear friend wrote me one day in response to my calling and writing her to offer her love, hope, encouragement, and, most importantly, scriptures from God’s Word. She had just gone through one of the toughest losses a human ever goes through, and undoubtedly she needed more love, encouragement, and comfort than ever. It turns out in that exact same time period, I had several other people I knew going…

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